Originally Posted by maltamonk
Should be an opt-in option. For that matter any system that has significant numbers of minors as customers should have more regulation. No minor is going to read the fine print before hitting accept and companies will exploit that.
Opt in/out will only mean "we give you an option but really, we are going to collect it anyway. Ok? Ok."
I want that transparency would be a thing from the get-go.
If you want to collect information, fine, I want that in bold huge letters on either the package if you buy physical product, or before you purchase it online, that it would be perfectly clear, if and what they collect, before you put a cent on it.
Knowing post purchase that your OS, game, launcher, whatever, are collecting data, and hiding it inside long and complicated EULA, should be one huge no-no.
I don't want to buy an OS upgrade only to find out after I purchased and upgraded, that it puts ads on my system, and install games I definitely do not want to be installed. Nor do I want to buy a game only after installing it, to get the EULA and tells me "we are going to spy on you".
That should be the standard.
A customer should be required to have a PhD in game research to find out what and if and how something is spying or collecting on them. 99.9% of customers are not lawyers or computer expects to know it, and most are not going around reading tech sites to try and figure it out.
I don't want a parent who is busy enough, to do complicated research to them, just to know if it is safe to buy a game to their kid.